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A significant break in the school year could have a devastating impact on the motivation and learning of vulnerable students. (Shutterstock)

4 strategies to support vulnerable students when schools reopen after coronavirus

School closures under coronavirus have raised significant risks for vulnerable students who face maltreatment and exposure to violence. Here are five priorities to address when reopening schools.
Roaming with a group of kids unsupervised in the ‘80s was awesome and your kids deserve that when you assess they can handle the risks. Here, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things,’ Season 2. (Netflix)

When can kids trick-or-treat without adults?

The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it's something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.
One year after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, many questions remain unanswered about the risks and benefits of cannabis use in the presence of children. Shutterstock

Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

Cannabis was legalized in Canada one year ago but we know little about the effects of parents using it in front of their children.
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Gesture as language: why we point with a finger

Designating an object with the movement of a finger is at the heart of human communication, yet precisely why we point isn't clearly understood. A new paper indicates that it may be related to touch.

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